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By Alexis Schatten, Managing Editor

Mr. Pompano, originally set to be held on Dec. 6 has been moved to Feb. 18 due to availability issues.

Ms. Coronado has gone on vacation, so she can’t cover the tech necessary behind the show, and the show can’t be held during the International Summit in Jan., so Feb. is the earliest available time. Participants have opted to make light of the reschedule, using the time to further practice their acts.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but now I have more time to work out and get my act ready,” senior Kaelib Measil said.

Posted: Dec. 6

The Season Of Giving Begins With The Best Gift Of All

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Junior Alexis Suarez is given her blanket of appreciation post blood donation. This will be her third time giving blood.

By Kimberly Scanlan, Staff Writer

Students got into the holiday spirit by giving the most precious gift of all; blood. JROTC participants assisted the One Blood staff by helping prepare students for the procedure. They gave out snacks and helped students sign in. 12 students were able to give blood. This opportunity to save lives will return tomorrow and again next quarter. Students must have a completed permission form and healthy vitals on the day of donation.

Posted: Dec. 5

Crimes of Grindelwald is a crime to the Harry Potter franchise

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By Alexis Schatten, Managing Editor

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, came out in theatres Nov. 16, and while the movie made $62 million at the box office in its opening weekend, it hardly lived up to the expectations set by the first film in the Harry Potter spin-off series.

Since the moment the first trailer had been released, I’d been wary of the movie due to its reliance on so many different characters with so many seemingly separate plots that, while designed to tie together at the end, failed to do so.

The first movie in the series, much like the series it originated from, focuses on only a few characters and their stories merge elegantly, ending in the standard battle sequence and bittersweet closing scenes we’ve come to associate with movies in the Harry Potter universe. This sequel, though, switches between stories with weak links to each other that don’t fit into the set story J.K. Rowling herself created over twenty years ago.

If the whole plot had been the rising tensions during Grindelwald’s attempted rise to power, it would’ve made sense. However, Grindelwald wasn’t even in the top five main characters (not that I’m that disappointed because of the poor casting for the character, but I digress).

Newt Scamander was still one of the main protagonists, despite his story having been wrapped up nicely in the previous movie, but this time, his main goal was gaining the affection of Tina Goldstein, the woman he left behind in the previous movie. The Harry Potter franchise has always had its fair share of romance, but to make romance such a big plot point in a movie about wizards in the middle of preventing an actual war is pointless. There’s so much more that can be done instead, and making Scamander chase Goldstein to Paris, and even shoehorning an awkward exchange between the two into what should’ve been an important scene relating to the actual plot, is just lazy writing.

The movie was messy overall, and really, it was rather boring. You can only sit through a movie with a too-dense plot for so long before you’re checking the time and guessing at how much longer before the movie will end, and I spent the last half hour doing so.

Posted: Nov. 29

Black Friday 2018:

Shop where the prices drop

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By Jessica Buchanan, Editor-in-Chief

Black Friday is a popular post-Thanksgiving holiday, starting earlier each year and featuring huge discounts on products at retail stores. Below are deals to many of the major department stores participating in Black Friday this year.

American Eagle Outfitters: 40 percent off everything

Target: At least 30 percent off major electronics, Clothing for as low as $5, BOGO 50 percent off gift sets

Macy’s: 20 to 70 percent off everything;

At least 40 percent off kitchen appliances, 60 to 65 percent off men designer shirts, 20 percent off Levi jeans, $20 jeans, sweaters and jackets, At least 20 percent off electronics

Forever 21: Extra 50 percent off sale items, items for as low as $1.90

Abercrombie: up to 60 percent off; almost everything at least 30 percent off

JC penny: Clothes for as low as $10, up to 30 percent off Nike shoes and apparel, 50 percent off toys

Walmart: Walmart gift cards offered with a purchase of newest iPhone or Galaxy, Dell laptops for as low as $170

**All according to each store’s personal ad

Posted: Nov. 22

Students cash in on their resources during Financial Aid Night

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By Kimberly Scanlan, Staff Writer

Seniors and their parents gathered in Tornado Alley on Oct. 9 t for Financial Aid Night to receive assistance with filling out financial aid applications.The attendees were told to bring their W-2 forms and any other forms they needed in order for the guidance department to provide personalized assistance to each family.

Ms.McFadden is available in her office within the guidance department for students to come to her with questions or problems.

Posted: Nov. 14

Red Ribbon Week brings light to substance abuse

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By Eduardo Andrade Asst. Section Editor

Red Ribbon Week, an event dedicated to bringing awareness to drug and alcohol abuse, was held from Oct. 22- Nov. 1.

Peer counseling organised a spirit week, held events during lunch and hung up posters around the school for the event.

Peer counseling teacher Lafaris Dooling, who has organized Red Ribbon Week for the past four years, says “we do have a huge problem with our kids and using, not only drugs, but alcohol as well”.

Students are largely supportive of the week.

President Kevin Lopez says he’s glad the week “brings awareness about drugs.”

Drug abuse is something students often overlook, and Red Ribbon Week attempts to bring light to the issue.

Red Ribbon Week strives to “bring awareness to things teenagers are going through on an everyday basis,” Dooling says.

Some students hope the event is taken more seriously.

“Some kids look at it as a joke,” said peer counselor James Hurst, “but it’s not a laughing matter.”

Peer counseling was happy with how Red Ribbon Week turned out, and it was seen as very successful.

“It really educated teenagers,” said Hurst.

Posted: Nov. 1

Freshman step up to leadership positions

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Yolisabel Perez, Aashi Chhabra, Sydney Rodriguez and Fernanda Andino celebrate their wins in the freshman class elections at the pep rally in the gym on Sept. 27. Perez won president, Chhabra won vice president, Rodriguez won secretary, and Andino won treasurer. Photo by Matthew Shanbom

By: Matthew Shanbom, Asst. section editor

SGA announced the winners of the freshman elections that had been ongoing for several weeks during the pep rally on Sept. 27.

The winners are Yolisabel Perez for president, Aashi Chhabra for vice president, Sydney Rodriguez for secretary and Fernanda Andino for treasurer.

A few freshman officers shared their goals for the year

“I want to make the freshman class more connected,” Perez said. “(I look forward to) organizing an all Class of 2022 event.”

Rodriguez also shared a goal for the year.

“I want to make the freshman class more spirited,” Rodriguez said.

Posted: Oct. 18

PBHS pops with color for the 2018 Homecoming Pep Rally

By Kimberly Scanlan, Staff Writer

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Senior Kylie Severine poses in her senior colors. Since its her last homecoming spirit week, she decided to go all out.

 

Juniors Alexa Salazar and Malaika Williams pose before their third homecoming pep rally. “I can’t believe that at the next pep rally we’ll be wearing gold,” Salazar said.

Posted: Sept. 27

Students roll out red carpet for Well-Known Wednesday

By Kimberly Scanlan, Staff Writer

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Sophomores Jace Alexander and Keiarah Williams show off their costumes as Kanye West and Lil Pump in the music video for the song “I Love It.” Alexander and Williams are known throughout the school for their larger than life outfits for spirit weeks.

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Seniors Giovany Suarez and Juliet Campbell pose for “Well Known Wednesday.” Campbell dressed as Nikki Minaj and Suarez as Takashi 69, the singers of hit song “FEFE.”

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Senior Mikaela Whitmer and Junior Lilly Jones dress as members of the A&E TV show “Duck Dynasty.” “We knew nobody else would do it and it would stand out.” Whitmer said.

Posted: Sep. 26

Students throw it back for Throwback Tuesday

By Alexis Schatten, Managing Editor

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Junior Alyssa Wild poses for the second day of Spirit Week. She dressed up as someone from the 80s.

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Juniors Jackson Pace, Christian Torres and Michael Raszka pose for the second day of Spirit Week. They dressed as ancient Romans.

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Junior Brianna Caffro poses for the second day of Spirit Week. She dressed up as someone from the 70s.

Posted: Sep. 25

Students and staff represent their favorite teams for jersey day

By Alexis Schatten, Managing Editor

Juniors Andrea and Angela Ventura match in their favorite jerseys for the first day of Spirit Week. They’re both representing Selección de fútbol de Colombia.

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Ms. Spencer, Ms. Carlson and Mrs. Samaroo represent their favorite teams for the first day of Spirit Week. They’re representing the Gators, the Marlins and the West.

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Seniors Ashleigh Livesay, Jaya Neysmith, Elise Llornes, Katie Stept, Gabriella Costello and Claire Ries pose in their favorite sports teams’ jersey for the first day of Spirit Week. They’re representing the Utah Jazz, the Celtics, the Steelers, the Marlins and the Heat.

Posted: Sept. 24

Teen Summit to help students

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By Julia Latchana, Asst. Section Editor

Teen Summit, also known as the Peer Counseling Summit, was held Sept. 14 in the auditorium bringing together peer counselors from middle and high schools across the county to bring awareness to normal teen issues.

“It is important because it helps the peer counselors learn skills that can be used to help the students,” peer counseling teacher Lafaris Dooling said.

The summit began with a meditation presentation before splitting up into breakout sessions which went over programs that the schools should implement.

“We brainstormed different ice breakers and events to plan so that no one at school feels alone,” senior Paris King said.

One of the programs was Sandy Hook Promise, which encourages students to notice those isolated and “just say hello.” Another program is the Courageous Conversation, which is meant to get students to start talking about issues that normally aren’t talked about, like suicide and mental illness.

The summit also urged schools to implement the HOPE program, which is already a club at our school that is meant to help students overcome problems and helps with suicide prevention. The summit also wants schools to implement Blueapple Poetry, a network founded by the Jason Taylor Foundation that shows students how to express themselves through poetry.

“It’s important because it teaches people how to cope with things and it goes over a lot of issues teens go through today,” King said.

Posted: Sept. 20

9/11 Ceremony Gallery

By Charlotte Hood, Section Editor

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Sophomore Jonathan Smith stands at attention during the annual 9/11 ceremony, honoring the victims of the attack.

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Senior Jermaine Binns and his battalion wait for their time to begin the 21-gun salute.

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First Sergeant McGruder salutes during the presentation of flags.

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Freshman Breah Campbell readies herself for the presentation of flags.

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Freshman Natalie Frish holds a flag for the presentation of flags at the 9/11 ceremony.

Posted: Sep. 12

School photos taken in a snap

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By Matthew Shanbom, Asst. Section Editor

Sophomore Alfonse Mazzarella poses for his school photo in the auditorium Aug. 29. This photo was be used on his school ID.

School photos took place in the auditorium for the first time this past Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 30.

“[In the past] Fox-Mar had to break down their equipment and set up again after the first day because of sports,” current yearbook advisor Dr. Andrew Shipe said.

Fox-Mar employees also added that the gym is very open and harder to keep the students in one place. However, by using the auditorium instead of the gym, there is less space available to take photos.

“It will be a little tight,” Shipe said.

This year, the school distributed lanyards free of charge in addition to hole punching the ID cards. The school began enforcing the wearing of IDs on Sept. 4.

Photo retake day will be on Oct. 2.

Posted: Sept. 6

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